June 27 Genesis 35:1-15

June 27 Genesis 35:1-15

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Heavenly Father, You are such an amazing God and I know Your hand is always protecting, healing, comforting, and guiding us. Help us see those times when You are all around us. There are so many times we blame You for what seems to go wrong in our lives but fail to thank You and glorify You for Your protection, guidance, and love. I know if I truly understood how much You love me, I would be different. I also know I can’t begin to understand because Your love is beyond what I can even begin to comprehend. Help me see You better every day and understand how to love You, honor You, and share You with others in a way that is true and faithful. I want to love You as You deserve to be loved, but at the same time I know I am not capable of that kind of love. Help me show Your love to those around me so they can see a glimpse of You. I know the enemy is always after me and I thank You for the protection You give me from his schemes. Help me always be thankful for all You do for me.
In Jesus’ name.

We see God gave protection to Jacob by keeping his enemies from pursuing him and his sons. God is always there protecting us, but there are times we don’t even realize He has reached out and held our enemies back.
When have you felt God’s protection in a miraculous way?
Why do you think God allowed Jacob’s sons to get away with plundering the entire city and not just punishing the ones who violated Dinah and worked to cover it up?

Genesis 35:1-15
God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau."2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments.3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone."4 So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.5 And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.6 And Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him,7 and there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother.8 And Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried under an oak below Bethel. So he called its name Allon-bacuth.9 God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him.10 And God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name." So he called his name Israel.11 And God said to him, "I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.12 The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you."13 Then God went up from him in the place where he had spoken with him.14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone. He poured out a drink offering on it and poured oil on it.15 So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.


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